My credit is not great. I will be relocating around May. Should I start now working with an agent to find the perfect rental property?

Asked by Pwstory4u, Austin, TX Thu Feb 14, 2013

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Lara Pavanel…, Agent, Austin, TX
Wed Mar 13, 2013
Along with all the great advice that has been given here I would also recommend that you start working on your credit, it's never too soon. I can recommend a credit building company to help with that.
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Mon Mar 11, 2013
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Le Green Sch…, Agent, Anderson Mill, TX
Mon Mar 11, 2013
Austin's rental market has very low vacancy rates, and landlords can afford to be picky.
Agents know the general minium qualifying guidelines, and can help you so you won't lose non-refundable application fees, usually in the range of $30-$50 per resident (18 and over). each time you apply.

Agents can be very helpful in getting you ready to qualify, so that you will have the best chance at the best rental for you.
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Don Groff, Agent, Austin, TX
Thu Feb 14, 2013
While it may be too early to submit applications it does make sense to find an agent to work with and go over your problem issues with your credit so you can put a game plan together to address them. You can possibly take some corrective actions now that will pay off and strengthen your credit over the next couple of months as well.

Best of luck to you.

Don Groff
REALTOR® | Mortgage Broker
Keller Williams Realty | 360 Lending Group
o 512.669.5599 m 512.633.4157 |
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vivianne dor…, Agent, Austin, TX
Thu Feb 14, 2013
When you say "not great", what exactly do you mean? Is your score less than 600? Do you have evictions, bankruptcies? If you don't have evictions and no criminal record and if you have good job and previous rental history, you shouldn't really have a big problem. Your income should be at least 3 times the rent. What kind of rental property will you be looking for and in what price range? Contact me and we can discuss more details. You should probably go to and for a low fee find out what your credit score is and what shows on the report.

Vivianne Dordea, Realtor
Sierra Homes Realty
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Ronald Culli…, Agent, Austin, TX
Thu Feb 14, 2013
Absolutely. When there are questions about credit or other issues it's imperative that you take care of it right away, otherwise you could be left high and dry without enough time to find a property or clear any issues.

Ron Cullinan
Avalar Austin
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JOSEPH E JAR…, Agent, Austin, TX
Thu Feb 14, 2013
Yes, get with an agent right away and let them take a look at your credit issues and determine what you might be able to do to clean it up prior to May.

Joe Jarusinsky, Realtor/Master Instructor, Keller Williams Realty, Austin's #1 Real Estate Company, Ranked #1 by Buyers and Sellers (JD Power & Assoc. 2012) Call 512-261-4415
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